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Hog Futures Lowest of Year While Diesel Futures Hit Two-Year High

Hog futures fell to the lowest close this year on Thursday as meatpackers seized on low cash prices to slaughter swine at a record rate. Two new pork packing plants that opened in the Midwest in September have increased U.S.

GenX Plant to Supply Clean Water to Nearby Residents

State environmental officials are directing a chemical company to provide bottled water to 11 homes near its North Carolina plant. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that preliminary test results showed residential water wells containing the little-studied compound

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,018 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to 3.00 lower; bulls were $2.00 to $7.00 lower when compared to the previous week.  Feeder

How Much Do You Know About Food Safety?

September is Food Safety Education Month — how much do you know about the safest way to prepare the food you eat? Keep listening as Stephanie Ho talks with experts and consumers alike to test their knowledge of food safety

Farm Safety Week Focuses on Harvest Safety Tips

September 17-23 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Dr. Aaron Yoder is an Associate Professor for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in Lincoln, Nebraska. He says in spite of farm safety education available all over

Hurricane Crop Damage Will Take Time to Fully Assess

We may not know until mid-October the real extent of damage to crops from Harvey and Irma. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist.

GOP May Back Away from Estate Tax Repeal

The White House and GOP Congressional leaders are considering ditching estate tax repeal and other tax breaks that Democrats charge favor the wealthy. The idea is to pick up Democratic votes by shaping tax reform more toward the middle-class. Democrats

Grain Prices Rise at NC Markets

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 767 cattle, 7 goats, and 36 sheep were sold.  There were too few head last week to establish an adequate market trend.  Demand was moderate

Cattle Hit Six-Week High; Crude Jumps 93 Cents/Gallon

Cattle futures touched their upper daily limit on Wednesday, hitting a six-week high as cash-market prices rose. Meatpackers bought 636 head of cattle at the weekly online Fed Cattle Exchange on Wednesday morning for an average of $106.67 per 100

Tax Reform May Not Include Repeal of Estate Tax

The White House and GOP Congressional leaders are considering ditching estate tax repeal and other tax breaks that Democrats charge favor the wealthy. The idea is to pick up Democratic votes by shaping tax reform more toward the middle-class. Democrats